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This MergeRatherThanDelete guideline also applies to artists, but since [[Remove Artist|RemoveArtist]] is not possible for an artist with any albums or [[Non-Album Tracks|NonAlbumTracks]] it's more of a system-enforced rule than a guideline.  An analogous guideline is to [[Merge Misspelled Artists|MergeMisspelledArtists]].  
 
This MergeRatherThanDelete guideline also applies to artists, but since [[Remove Artist|RemoveArtist]] is not possible for an artist with any albums or [[Non-Album Tracks|NonAlbumTracks]] it's more of a system-enforced rule than a guideline.  An analogous guideline is to [[Merge Misspelled Artists|MergeMisspelledArtists]].  
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However, pay close attention to [[Delete Rather Than Merge|DeleteRatherThanMerge]] when dealing with common "feat artist" problem.
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[[Category:To Be Reviewed]] [[Category:Editing]] [[Category:Style]]

Revision as of 10:45, 16 March 2006

Merge Rather than Delete Duplicate Albums

It's usually best to MergeAlbums to deal with DuplicateAlbums instead of doing a RemoveAlbum.

Deleting albums has two kinds of bad effects on the database:

  • The UUIDs that have been referenced anywhere (tagged files, links to MusicBrainz from other sites) will become invalid when the item is deleted. When merging it, however, the old UUIDs will forward to the new item. Note: Not yet implemented, see ticket 912
  • Even if there's no useful data (DiscIDs, TRMs, Releases) attached to the album, it's possible that someone may AddTRMs, AddDiscID or EditAlbumReleases before your RemoveAlbum edit is approved. If so, the recently added data will be lost.

This MergeRatherThanDelete guideline also applies to artists, but since RemoveArtist is not possible for an artist with any albums or NonAlbumTracks it's more of a system-enforced rule than a guideline. An analogous guideline is to MergeMisspelledArtists.

However, pay close attention to DeleteRatherThanMerge when dealing with common "feat artist" problem.